Joined: 22 May 2007 Posts: 2508 Location: Anacortes, WA
Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2023 6:12 am Post subject:
Nova is missing from the list. Not a lot is known other than it was a store in LA that made brass instruments. Now that I've finally found a trumpet to match my cornet, I can say this. I didn't want anyone to grab the trumpet off of the Ebay ad that just closed. I won both horns with a minimum bid.
They are unusual in one design aspect. The first and third slides are both on the left side of the horn. Sort of the reverse of vintage Conn horns where they are both on the right side. _________________ Richard
King 2280 Euphonium
Conn 10J Tuba
Nova Cornet and Trumpet
Cleveland Toreador Trumpet and Clevelander Cornet
Conn 22B Trumpet and 77A Cornet
Due to other commitments, I hadn't waded into the trumpet world in a few years. I'm embarrassed to admit that I was aware of Nova as well, but had forgotten about them too.
Lockie Music Exchange was a Los Angeles musical instruments store which opened in the 1920's.
In the early 1940's, Novak Musical Instrument was formed to produce in-house brands Lockie and Nova instruments, in a shop located above the music store. The difference between the two lines of trumpets is unknown, but they appear to have coexisted through at least the 1950's.
Lockie Music Exchange on South Broadway in Los Angeles.
Lockie Music Exchange sponsored musicians.
The store also sponsored local dances.
There was an additional Lockie Music Exchange location in San Bernardino, CA through the 1960's and it was during this time that Leisure Time Industries purchased Lockie Music Exchange and Novak Musical Instrument.
In 1970, Leisure Time Industries purchased the Benge Company and began manufacturing these instruments in the same shop as Novak Musical Instrument.
Zigmant Kanstul left F.E. Olds & Son in 1972 to begin working for Leisure Time Industries. While multiple individuals have noted similarities between Lockie, Nova and Olds trumpets, Zig apparently stated that the former were not stencils of the latter. Later the same year, the Benge Company was sold and Zig went with it.
In 1973, Lockie Music Exchange closed and 'Howard M Lockie Music-Sales & Repair' opened in Sun Valley, CA.
The last year found for Leisure Time Industries is 1977.
The information has been collected from multiple sources. Please share any additional documented history.
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